Choosing a Camera for Fashion Photography
The camera you choose for fashion photography will be one of the most important decisions of your career. It is an investment and it's purchase will impact your creativity. There are many brands to choose from, and important differences to consider in this process. The best tools will give you the best overall product, and therefore make your work memorable.
Factor One: Traditional Film versus Digital
For many years film was the only format in photo processing. The megapixel was a foreign and futuristic word. In today's world, the creative toolbox is much larger and gives the photographer a choice of both Film and Digital formats. Both cameras may be handled almost identically, but the formats of film and digital are very different. All types of cameras capture imagery through the lens as the photographer's model reflects light and color. When a traditional film camera is used, the shutter opens for a set amount of time allowing light to embed an image onto the film. A digital camera's shutter works the same way, but controls the amount of time light hits the sensor. This sensor allows the picture or digital file to be read by a computer. Film has always been able to exhibit extreme warmth, texture and quality. The digital format has the ability to capture fine detail and allows the photographer to edit, effect or process photos almost immediately with use of a computer and the right software.
Factor Two: Productivity
A traditional film camera restricts the photographer to thirty photos in each roll. In turn, the photographer must process and print each roll themselves which can be costly. Most traditional film photographers are required to have a processing studio where they develop and store the actual prints of their work, which demands both space to move and adequate archiving storage. In the world of digital photography, the camera allows you to shoot many more images, edit and process the finished product quickly. With the addition of more hard drive space your overall capabilities and ability to handle larger projects and increase the potential work flow. A digital camera allows the photographer to see each shot, recompose, and if needed, check exposure and light quickly and efficiently. Digital camera users print only their favorite photographs taken and reviewed that day. Photographers who choose to work with a film camera, print every negative from multiple rolls of film just to make a choice of which copies are the best to use. Over time, depending on the success of each photo session, this can prove to be inefficient and costly.
Finally: Size and Feel
The camera's size, its overall feel and ease of use are all important factors when choosing. Remember that the highest quality cameras always demand the highest price, but will have features that allow you to do the best work. Both SLR and DSLR cameras are always wonderful producers, but they prove to be a bit clunky. With research, experimentation and the correct investment, the right camera will fit in your hands perfectly.